“On behalf of the Board of the Australian Council of Professions, I am saddened to advise of the passing last weekend of our friend, colleague and former President, Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP. Brenda was respected by us all as a leader and mentor within the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Council of Professions and across the professions that our organisation represents. She was fearless in her advocacy of the value of professionalism and the maintenance of the highest standards of professional and ethical practice. Brenda served as our President in 2017-18 and as President of the Australian Computer Society in 2014-15. She was chair and immediate past chair of the International Professional Practice Program (IP3).”
In February 2018 we explored and collated our Members‘ views and opinions by convening a Members‐Only Forum to provide formal input into the “Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review Terms of Reference” project conducted by Prof Christine Ewan for the Federal Department of Education and Training (DET).
The Australian Council of Professions (“Professions Australia”) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow for greater collaboration and sharing of information between the two organisations.
TEQSA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Anthony McClaran, said the signing further strengthened the existing relationship between two organisations who both share a strong interest in protecting the quality of Australian higher education. “I am very pleased for the opportunity to formalise this arrangement with Professions Australia which will see us work closely to share information,” Mc McClaran said. “The relationships we are building with industry professional bodies will ultimately assist TEQSA to streamline regulation and reduce the accreditation demand on providers.”
Professions Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Liz Lang, said she was delighted to sign the agreement on behalf of member associations who represent more than 420,000 professionals nationwide. “This MoU will help TEQSA to reach out and increase its engagement with the professional associations represented by Professions Australia and enable information sharing and collaboration between TEQSA and the professions,” Ms Lang said. “We have a mutual interest in maintaining and improving the quality of higher education for students who graduate and practise as professionals across Australia.”
Accepting the award, Yohan said, “It’s an absolute honour to be named the Young Professional of the Year for 2016 and be recognised at the highest level by Professions Australia, the peak body representing professional associations in Australia.“ “Being a professional is not just about doing your job – it’s about contributing to your community whether that’s local, international or global and sharing ideas with your colleagues across the professions.”
Professions Australia is pleased to announce that the Surveying and Spatial Scientists Institute (SSSI) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have joined the national peak body for professional associations. ”We’re delighted that SSSI and ALIA have joined the growing membership of Professions Australia who are passionate about consumer information and protection, professional standards and practice, ethics, continuing professional development and sharing the expertknowledge and skills that are at the heart of being a professional.” said PA CEO Liz Lang.
Chris Malouf, SSSI General Manager, says, “Being a member of Professions Australia will help us maintain and enhance the professional standards and standing of our members and importantly promote dialogue across the professions which is critical to Australia’s social and economic future.”
SueMcKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, said: “ALIA has joined Professions Australia because our interests align in the important areas of professional education and advocacy. The library and information profession supports the values of fairness, equity and the free flow of information and ideas, which in turn support the Australian Government’s digital transformation agenda and the international Sustainable Development Goals.“